It was a glorious day. The pitch was in wonderful condition, considering that it was covered with snow just 10 days ago. Spring in the air. A day for some great rugby...
But, oh dear, Ebbw Vale didn't read the script. They went out of the cup on Saturday, losing at home to Swansea 13-23, although the score could have been a lot worse. The Western Mail’s report uses the words lethargic and one-paced, and few who saw the game could argue.
A few Ebbw players stood out, number 8 Rhys Williams was everywhere (as he is every time he plays) and centre Shaun Powell being the brightest lights although credit should go to the front row who performed well in the tight and loose.
Poor old James Lewis had a Sunday People ‘shocker’, when every time the ball went to him something bad happened. I think that even he was surprised not to be substituted at half time.
Best call of the day from the bank: “Rhys, have you got 14 brothers?”
Ebbw website’s report is here and EyeJay’s blog views are here together with some more photos.
Next up in Cardiff on Saturday. It doesn’t get any easier.
Team: Aaron Bramwell, Andrew Bevan, Kristian Owen (c), Shaun Powell, James Lewis; Dai Langdon, Llyr Lane; Anthony Lott, Mathew Williams, Marc Jones; Jonathan Griffiths, Gavin Lucas; Morgan Allen, Rhys Jenkins, Rhys Williams. Subs: Aaron Coundley, Richard Wilkes, Nick Eaves, James Thomas, Ieuan Evans, Andrew Williams, Andrew McLaughlan
Scorers: Try for Rhys Williams, a conversion and two penalties for Aaron Bramwell, clearly playing out of position and ineffective at fullback.
My man of the match: Rhys Williams, yet again